Here is the long awaited conclusion of our trip back from New Mexico with our new dog, the added bonus for this post is that it comes with blurry photos taken from a moving car!
On our first day, we travelled from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Joplin, Missouri, a total of 780 miles. A bit short of the lower end of our goal of driving 800 to 1,000 miles on the first day, so we’ll have to try to drive further on our second day.
We left our hotel in Joplin as early as we possibly could. It was probably about 6:30 am, and it was still dark out. We had the added incentive that it was not a very clean hotel room, and the staff were all very surly. A name brand hotel does not guarantee you will have a pleasant stay, apparently. It had started to rain when we left and I was hoping to get in as many miles as possible before the rain turned into snow.
After a couple of stops to let Scout run around for awhile, we stopped in St. Louis for lunch at the Blue City Deli. Yesterday’s stop at ‘The Big Texan’ was the highlight of the trip for Mr. C, today’s stop at the Blue City Deli was the highlight of the trip for me. If we’re ever in St. Louis , we’ll have to stop here again. Sorry I don’t have pictures of our food, just an interior shot of the restaurant. Friendly staff, fresh ingredients and some of the best sandwiches I’ve had. We try to find local places when we’re traveling and this was a great find. The iPhone helped us out more than once with directions and advice on where to eat. Later in the day, I also found out that you can ask Google to find you a ‘coffee shop near Route 465 in Indiana’ and will receive several results.
We had told Mr. C that something we would see along the way was the Gateway Arch in St.Louis. So he was excited to finally arrive in St.Louis to see it. If there was time, we were going to take a tour of the Arch too. Once we arrived though it really started to rain and the fog moved in, we also found out that the Arch was closed for renovation work.
It was non-stop rain from the time we left the Deli until we arrived home. Here’s the Mississippi River, and the Arch can be seen on the other side of that bridge. Mr. C was not too thrilled with our view of the Arch.
The rain and fog continued all day. We drove through Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio on the second day, and unfortunately didn’t see much beyond the rain and fog.
This could be Illinois, or maybe Indiana.
Terre Haute, Indianapolis, Springfield, Columbus. We drove through so many towns and cities on the second day, but saw nothing but fog.
Endless driving from 6:30 am to 11:30pm, exhausted, we arrived in Akron Ohio. A total of 825 miles. Scout was great in the car, sleeping for most of the trip, but once we arrived at our hotel in Akron, he was filled with energy from sleeping all day. I had to toss a ball for him from one side of the hotel room to the other for about two hours before he was tired out and could get to sleep. While Mr. C was sleeping, the dog was running in circles around the room. It was about 2:00 am before I was able to get to sleep myself.
Day three started early again, 6:30am, and the rain was falling even harder than yesterday. We had to travel through the northern part of Pennsylvania and then through New York today and I was hoping to not get caught in a snow storm.
Northern Pennsylvania looks like it would be a beautiful area, rolling green hills and small historic towns, but unfortunately we didn’t see any of it. On the third day, we drove from Akron, Ohio through Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, and then into New Hampshire, a total of 655 miles.
We were very lucky that the temperature didn’t drop any further, and the rain did not turn to snow on that third day in the car. The one and only time we hit any traffic on the entire 2,345 mile trip was in Massachusetts, on the Mass Turnpike. The rain was coming down so hard I could barely see beyond the windshield, and the traffic was moving at a crawl. Luckily I know a lot of back roads through the state so we got off the Pike and finally ended up home at about 11:30pm. Once again, Scout was completely wound up from being stuck in the car so we had to throw a ball from one side of our kitchen to the other for two hours until he was tired out again.
For years I had wanted to drive across the country, it was unfortunate that the weather was not better than it was though. I went through a lot of states that I had never visited before; Oklahoma, Indiana, Missouri. I had been to parts of Texas, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, but not the areas we drove through. I feel like we missed a lot having to drive at night for long portions of the trip, but at least it wasn’t snowing and now we have some places to visit if we’re ever in theses areas again.
Welcome to sunny New Hampshire, Scout!